People may soon be able to pick up a pie and petrol alongside prisoners at Settlers Road House in Myalup. The popular southbound pit-stop could share a location with a proposed prison farm, currently on the drawing board for Forrest Highway. An application has been made by the Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Health to create a rehabilitation facility for Aboriginal youth which would promote the healing and education of prisoners. In a Harvey Shire Council meeting last week, manager for planning and services Simon Hall said it was an inappropriate location for the facility. “Remove any cultural sensitivity ... this is actually a correction facility,” Mr Hall said. “One of the significant concerns is where it is located.” Mr Hall said he was concerned about having prisoners in an area where “public engagement was quite high”, and the said the council’s concerns had been “ignored” in discussions with the applicants. He said 39 prisoners would be living on-site with prison guards. “The whole character of the site will change,” he said. “We don’t believe it should be approved.” However, the Reporter understands Chevron, owner of the Puma service station, is not opposed to the prison camp. Mr Hall conceded the proposal — full of tourism opportunities — was a “great project ... but not here”. The council will tonight vote on whether to support the application, but it appears councillors will have little say over the outcome. The council had been dealing with the applicant for 18 months, however the red tape was removed by the State Government. Shire president Paul Gillett told the Reporter the State Government had introduced a temporary decision-making authority for significant projects in WA as part of the COVID-19 Recovery Plan. “It is disappointing that the significant projects assessment process has only due regard for the local planning framework, and the ability to determine applications would not be able to be approved by council under existing planning regulations,” he said. The Reporter can reveal the local Aboriginal community and elders had not been consulted by the applicants until about a week ago.